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Jeff Lunden

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Jeff Lunden is a freelance arts reporter and producer whose stories have been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as on other public radio programs.

Lunden contributed several segments to the Peabody Award-winning series The NPR 100, and was producer of the NPR Music series Discoveries at Walt Disney Concert Hall, hosted by Renee Montagne. He has produced more than a dozen documentaries on musical theater and Tin Pan Alley for NPR — most recently A Place for Us: Fifty Years of West Side Story.

Other documentaries have profiled George and Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Harold Arlen and Jule Styne. Lunden has won several awards, including the Gold Medal from the New York Festival International Radio Broadcasting Awards and a CPB Award.

Lunden is also a theater composer. He wrote the score for the musical adaptation of Arthur Kopit's Wings (book and lyrics by Arthur Perlman), which won the 1994 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. Other works include Another Midsummer Night, Once on a Summer's Day and adaptations of The Little Prince and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for Theatreworks/USA.

Lunden is currently working with Perlman on an adaptation of Swift as Desire, a novel of magic realism from Like Water for Chocolate author Laura Esquivel. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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"Even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection," says mentalist Scott Silven. His new virtual show is called The Journey. Scott Silven hide caption

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Illusionist Scott Silven Can Turn A Video Call Into A Magical 'Journey'

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Masked pedestrians enjoy Central Park earlier this year. The New York destination now has a site-specific soundtrack courtesy of composer Ellen Reid's Soundwalk app. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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Central Park Is Alive With The Sound Of Music, Thanks To A Site-Specific App

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Haskell King, Ian Lassiter, Danielle Slavick and Greg Keller performing via Zoom in Russian Troll Farm. TheaterWorks Hartford hide caption

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'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference

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Ballet Hispánico celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1970 by Tina Ramirez. Paula Lobo/Ballet Hispánico hide caption

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Ballet Hispánico Celebrates 50 Years As Ambassadors Of Latinx Dance

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The Public Theater in New York has been closed since March 12, but is still producing plays on Zoom, radio and film. "Just because conditions are hard, it doesn't let us off the hook; it doesn't free us of the obligation to try to fulfill our mission," says artistic director Oskar Eustis. Aislinn Weidele/The Public Theater hide caption

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What Will The Future Of Theater Look Like? 'Our Artists Are Going To Lead Us'

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With theaters across the country closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Playbill has had to pivot quickly. "We find ourselves incredibly fortunate to be associated with this ridiculously fantastic art form that we miss oh, so much," says Playbill Vice President Alex Birsh. Dean Greer/Playbill hide caption

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With Theaters Still Closed, 136-Year-Old 'Playbill' Does A Quick Online Pivot

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July 21 is the centennial of the birth of Isaac Stern. The violinist worked with his contemporaries, like Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, and went on to mentor the next generation of musicians. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years

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Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning

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On Site Opera Offers Live Performances Over The Phone For Just 1 Person At A Time

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Actors' Equity Approves 2 Live Theater Performances In Western Massachusetts

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Nick Cordero attends the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions hide caption

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'Never Known A Kinder Person': Actor Nick Cordero Dies Of COVID-19 At 41

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Theaters Return To An Old Art Form — The Radio Drama — With A Twist

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